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The Harness Racing Alumni Show - Early Edition   Anthony MacDonald talks stake payments and horses   "The Stable. CA" & trainer-driver Anthony MacDonald has many Standardbred owners and over a hundred race horses in training. In this captivating interview, Anthony explains how he handles the countless stake payments from different owners and the tremendous business pressures that he faces with his innovative stable of Harness race horses.   Anthony MacDonald this weeks Alumni Show Guest  

New South Wales, AU -- Girl From Oz granted TheStable.ca its first international victory on February 29 when the two-year-old harness racing pacing filly Girl From Oz captured her maiden win in the $50,000 Pink Bonnet Stakes at Club Menangle in Menangle, New South Wales (near Sydney, Australia). Trainer Darren McCall piloted the daughter of Heston Blue Chip to a rousing half-length win in 1:55.6 at odds of 15-1. It was the filly's second career start after finishing third in her career opener two weeks prior. TheStable.ca is horse racing's fastest growing fractional ownership operation and the largest harness racing stable in Canada. Created by Anthony and Amy MacDonald of Guelph, ON in 2015, the award-winning business currently trains 126 Standardbreds owned by 800 clients from 12 countries. The innovative and engaging model invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. Anthony MacDonald purchased pacing fillies Girl From Oz and Rockindownunder at the Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sale in Sydney, AUS in February 2019 at the tail end of a two-week speaking tour. Rockindownunder (Warraawee Needy) has also shown early promise and was AE2 for the Pink Bonnet. She is campaigned by Robbie and Kerry Ann Morris of Lucky Lodge and makes her next start on Monday, March 1 at Bathurst Harness Racing Club. Girl From Oz is owned by 16 people from four countries -- including breeders Gwenda Murphy and John Pritchard. Rockindownunder is owned by 21 people from five countries. The next stakes engagement for Girl From Oz is the Bathurst Gold Tiara (part of the Gold Crown Carnival) at Bathurst Harness Racing Club in late March. From TheStable.ca

Securing and cultivating new revenue streams is impartive to harness racing's survival, we all know that. But it's become clear lately that defending ourselves from political attacks is equally important.   I'm sure many of you have seen the recent bad press recieved by our partners in the Thoroughbred industry. Over the years we too have faced similar hurtles on the Standardbred side, but todays attackers are much more sophisticated.   In a day and age ruled by popular opinion that is largely driven by social media, we have once again fallen drastically behind.   Social media has affected presidential elections, sparked revolt and is now the preffered communication tool of the White House. Using this tool correctly can be a difficult thing to do, and we certainly havent mastered it, but the people pushing this current narrative about horse racing have.   Special interest groups were successful in phasing out dog racing this year in California and have now shifted their sights to horse racing. Bringing war to the door steps of every track in that state, and I doubt they will stop there.   Santa Anita now directly in their cross hairs, has come under extreme scrutiny regarding horse fatalities at their facility over the past year.   The tracks statement about this is both political, and poignant:   Horses raced or trained at Santa Anita Park more than 420,000 times over the last year with a 99.991% safety rate."   There is no easy way to talk about horses dying, but I believe Santa Anita has done everything right in being transparent about what it is doing to combat future fatalities.   The most important points for racing to touch on in this day and age should always be:   *The care of the horse *addressing and improving safety procedures *expanding post career care and adoption avenues for our equine athletes   I think we are growing as an industry in the right direction but we cannot continue to fight as counter punchers in every battle. At some point we have to be ahead of the critism.   The little things we can easily do every day on social media can help shape how we are viewed and what people think about us. Social media is reshaping society and we need to speak on behalf of our sport, horses, and the industry that we all love. Share your stories and invite people on social media into our sport. Show them why you love being a part of it. This is the very definition of a grass roots movement.   You can be sure the people on the other side of the fence will do as much, or more, and are every bit as loud as we ever could be. Look at what they have accomplished thus far:   CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and every other major main stream media outlet has printed less than flattering stories about California racing in recent months.   The latest was the Washington Post in their most recent Sunday publication.   It's sad, but the newspapers that used to inform us are now really just magazines that push their own agenda, worrying more about exciting their own base and selling ad space rather than reporting the days events with any degree of unbiased accuracy. The news today is whatever sells; and nowadays thats clicks, shares, and likes. The once mighty truth tellers, are now all in sales, and what used to be mainstream media cowers and claws for advertising revenue however they can get it.   Factor in the deep pockets of special interest groups and things start to get scary.   Before you ask why we wouldn't simply educate people about the difference between Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds. Explaining to them how low our catastrophic injury rate is and separate ourselves from the sport of kings......the answer is, albeit blunt, because no one cares. People who dont know the difference between our breeds, are certainly not going to take the time to find out. A horse is a horse as they say.   We in harness racing may see two very different ships on the sea, but everyone else will only see one.   Make no mistake, they will sink together if we continue to offer no defence to claims of animal cruelty.   Our politicians are watching closely and will not stand behind us if enough of their comstituents complain, and the people we all thought were our friends will be the ones holding the knife when we feel that familiar sharp pain in our backs again.   Belinda Stronach had all the right answers at the Pegasus Stake last Saturday when interviewed on T.V., and yet all that the Washington post would write about is horses dying at Santa Anita, even quoting an organization like "Horseracing wrongs" with absolutely no rebuttals awarded from racing at all in the editorial.   This, of course, is on the heels of the October editorial from the very same "Horseracing wrongs" own operator Patrick Battuellos who penned a riveting piece titled "The time for horse racing has passed. It's time to outlaw it". A rather unbiased take on horse racing as you can imagine.   Nevertheless, this isn't some tabloid churned out in a public print shop somewhere in Greenwich village, this is the Washington Post.   Make no mistake, this is a coordinated attack on an industry completely inept at defending itself.   So, although I will win a gold medal in the 100 meter dash before Mr Buttuello will ever win a Pulitzer, he has a platform happy to peddle his biased garbage, and we do not.   We will always encounter push back from these groups. For most of us the tool to fight back is in your back pocket right now, or on your bedside table at home. We are all connected to social media, and we are in the bloodstream of todays society everyday. Until we have a funding model that supports significant marketing revenue increases we should start by looking inward to ourselves to begin to change the narrative about our industry and show society what horse racing means to us, and what it could mean to them.   By engaging the genral public and showing them what horse racing means to us, and offering that to them, we can start to make real change. I know that message well and it most definetly works.   This isnt a plea for anything more than you can provide right now, and at any time of the day. We cant change the minds of the special interest groups, but we can level the playing field, somewhat.   One thing is for certain, this is not a California problem, and it is not a thoroughbred problem. It is a horse racing problem whether we like it or not.   This is 2020 and we need to start understanding the world around us.   by Anthony MacDonald, for TheStable.ca  

GUELPH, ON -- A record crowd of more than 300 people from eight states and provinces attended the Christmas Open House on December 15 hosted by TheStable.ca, horse racing's fastest growing fractional ownership operation and the largest harness racing stable in Canada. Sixty-three yearlings driven by some of the country's best reinsmen were showcased in ten sets during a four-hour livestream broadcast of the third annual event staged at Tomiko Training Centre in Puslinch, ON. Broadcast commentators Anthony MacDonald (President of TheStable.ca), Fred MacDonald and Bill O'Donnell were joined by special guest Roger Huston. This was the 146th venue at which Huston has called races. Over his 50-year career, The Voice has announced in excess of 188,000 races in 20 states and eight countries. Huston also met fans and signed copies of his recently released book. Erin Massender of Guelph, ON won the Open House contest which promised a one percent share of the winner's favourite yearling in TheStable.ca with all expenses paid for one year. Massender selected Captains Maid, a Pennsylvania-bred pacing filly by Captaintreacherous. During each Christmas Open House, TheStable.ca raises money for a local charity. This year the company collected 250 lbs and $250 in cash donations for the Guelph Food Bank. Santa stopped by for free photos with kids, arriving in his jog cart with freshman pacer Giddy Up Max. TheStable.ca extends its gratitude to all attendees of the event, online broadcast viewers, drivers who participated in the sets, commentators and crew, and staff of TheStable.ca. The Spring Open House is the next major gathering on TheStable.ca's event schedule. by Kelly Spencer, for TheStable  

The following is an Open Letter from TheStable.ca concerning Flamboro Downs' recent announcement re: age restrictions Many life changing decisions have been made for all of us since the end of the Slots At Racetracks Program in Ontario. Depending on your position in racing, these decisions could be seen as negative, or positive. I want to believe these were at least meant for the betterment of racing. I suppose this makes me an optimist. Or naive. We know that in order for us to succeed together in the future, we need to attract new clients, expand our borders, and branch out to the general public in a campaign to show everyday people the unmatched affordable entertainment found within our industry. As we increase participation in the Ontario harness racing industry, we begin to see that growth represented in our overall wagering handle. This will not happen overnight, and the stance of thestable.ca on this is simple: by bolstering participation through affordable ownership, we grow on-track attendance and on-track revenue. As far as wagering is concerned, look at the money wagered on horses racing under our banner, and it isn't hard to see that this formula is a very workable model. One fractional ownership stable alone cannot change racing, but Rome wasn't built in a day. Many of our 700 clients and the majority of those who are new to the racing industry want to experience racing in-person, on-track. They attend the track when their horse(s) race. Many of them include their families in the racing experience and this is good for racing across the board. It fits perfectly with the engagement model of thestable.ca and it accomplishes what the harness racing industry purports is important for sustainability: Industry research studies deliver the same message time and time again: early exposure to harness racing and Standardbred horse racing is critical in cultivating new generations of horse racing fans and participants. You can only imagine my surprise when I read the press release last week about Flamboro's new on-site "age restrictions". I must say, I couldn't have been more disappointed. How are we to reach the next generations if they aren't welcome at the racetrack? This is straight out of the '70s and does not meet any reasonable standards in racing in 2019. The idea that your children are welcome on the tarmac, but not indoors is absurd. The bathroom is on the opposite side of the facility and your children must walk around the grandstand, past the smoking areas to access any restroom. Whom in racing is watching out for our future? Our needs? Our brand? Our legacy? We can't possibly expect a gaming company to worry about horse racing, so who ensures they do? I have spoken with Flamboro Downs management and I hope they reconsider their decision. We are in business together and I hope our best interests, at some point, intertwine and we can begin to actually operate as partners rather than forced bunkmates. Until then, we need to make our position heard clearly and ensure it is completely understood. Horse racing needs to be enabled to attract a wide swath of mainstream society. The ability for families to come out to the track is vital moving forward. One could see this decision by Flamboro as a simple oversight and one that could be corrected quite easily. Or, it could be a quiet statement of defiance signaling the lack of any interest in supporting racing's future at their facility. Let's hope Flamboro decides that the original statement was a bit premature and short-sighted, and they are indeed truly committed to racing. To be abundantly clear, the decision to close the grandstand building to all children under the age of 19 runs contrary to the current and future best interests of harness racing. And it certainly does not reflect the philosophy of thestable.ca. It undermines our efforts and the harness racing experience we provide for our clients. We operate the fastest-growing fractional ownership stable in North America and the largest harness racing stable in Canada. In 2020, we will have nearly 200 horses owned by more than 800 people. We cannot and will not support last week's announcement by Flamboro Downs in what we categorize as a sharp deviation from any positive horse racing partnership. We will not support racing in this form and NONE of our horses will race at Flamboro Downs if this decision about age restrictions at their facility is not revisited and rectified. We welcome all horsepeople to do the same. We cannot wait for the cavalry. If history is any indicator, they are not coming. This is an issue that Flamboro Downs and our racing stakeholders should be able to resolve together. A day will come when we work together to provide a better experience for all our clients. I want to believe that a resolution can be found and we can continue to build a better industry for all of us. From Anthony MacDonald, President, Co-founder for TheStable.ca

GUELPH, ON -- CityTV's Breakfast Television (BT) Toronto reported live-on-location from Tomiko Training Centre on Wednesday morning to explore fractional racehorse ownership with TheStable.ca and Ontario Racing. BT Live Eye host Nicole Servinis presented four segments from the Puslinch, ON training centre (base operations for TheStable.ca) during the national broadcast. The spots included conversations with Ontario Racing's John Siscos about the importance of horse racing in the province's rural economy; Lunch n Learn facilitator Elissa Blowe spoke about the program's mandate to educate groups about racehorse ownership; TheStable.ca President Anthony MacDonald discussed the evolution of his business to become the largest harness racing stable in Canada; TheStable.ca client James Traynor explained the benefits of owning small fractions of Standardbred racehorses. Servinis made her on-track debut in a double-seated jog cart accompanied by MacDonald as the pair drove two-year-old trotter Rooney Blue Chip. TheStable.ca is hosting an Open Barn on Saturday, August 24 at Tomiko Training Centre. The event provides guided tours of the barns, introductions to some of the 60 horses onsite, and an introduction to fractional Standardbred racehorse ownership. Admission is free but an RSVP is required: www.thestable.ca/openbarn Ontario Racing offers free Lunch n Learn sessions about racehorse ownership, hosted by Elissa Blowe, suitable for groups of all types and sizes : http://bit.ly/2TSG5Vf BT Segments: Introduction: http://bit.ly/2KVYYmc Interview with Ontario Racing: http://bit.ly/2Mv7uvM  Nicole jogs a horse: http://bit.ly/2Z8icPh TheStable.ca client James Traynor: http://bit.ly/30qgeGO by Kelly Spencer, for The Stable  

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Aug. 14) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Gabe Prewitt, Anthony MacDonald, Joe Zambito, and Jordan Stratton. Prewitt joins the program this week to talk about the happening at The Red Mile. The Kentucky Sire Stakes kicked off this past week in Lexington with some big names taking center stage. The pair will discuss some of the performances he has witnessed and how it may translate to Grand Circuit week. MacDonald will discuss TheStable.ca and their PEI initiative that has taken place over the past couple of weeks where they enter a horse into the Gold Cup & Saucer. He will discuss what goes into that promotion and talk about Brave World who will be in the Gold Cup consolation on Saturday night. Zambito, the track announcer at Batavia Downs Gaming, makes his debut on Thursday to talk about the 2019 Night of Champions at Batavia. Zambito has been a race caller at the storied track for several years, and he will discuss some of his experiences through the years. Stratton joins the program to discuss his recent trip to Ireland where he was for the Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend. Stratton will discuss some of the experiences he had during the event and what it felt like to win a race in Ireland. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

GUELPH, ON -- Horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable is hosting its third annual Spring Open House on Sunday, May 12. TheStable.ca welcomes clients and newcomers of all ages to Tomiko Training Centre (210 Campbellville Rd., Hamilton) to drop-in any time from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. During the Open House, guests are invited to meet the horses of TheStable.ca and chat with owners Anthony and Amy MacDonald, their staff, clients, and industry professionals. The event will showcase many of the engaging features of TheStable.ca, including its bi-weekly live streaming video broadcasts of TheStable.ca horses in training. The Open House broadcast kicks off at 10:00 a.m., when the horses will train on the racetrack. Some of North America's top racehorse drivers will steer the young colts and fillies, while TV commentators preview the horses' pedigrees. The broadcast will include live interviews and video features and be streamed at TheStable.ca starting at 10:00 a.m. EST A catalogue will be available on The Stable.ca on May 10, detailing all horses for which fractions are available for purchase. The catalogue will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House. Several prizes will be awarded throughout the event, including one-percent fractions of the horses. Onsite purchasing will be available for horses and merchandise. Payment can be made with credit card, PayPal, cash, cheque and e-transfer. The facility offers a heated viewing area with limited seating. Hot and cold drinks will be sold as a fundraising effort by Racing Under Saddle Ontario. Lunch is available to purchase from the Gastro Grub Food Truck. Now in its fourth year, TheStable.ca is an award-winning fractional racehorse ownership operation based in Guelph, ON. There are currently 130 Standardbred horses owned by nearly 700 people from 11 countries worldwide. Tomiko Training Centre: site of the Open House (Photo: Curtis MacDonald) The innovative and engaging model invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome non-horse-people to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $100), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. Complete Open House event details and the RSVP form are available here. For more information, contact Kelly at kelly@thestable.ca or (519) 465-7908.   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development    

MILTON, April 25, 2019 - Drivers Phil Hudon, Anthony MacDonald and Bob McClure were all taken to hospital following an accident during Thursday morning's fourth-qualifier at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The harness racing accident occurred in the second-quarter of the race when pacer Excaliber Seelster and driver Louis Philippe Roy stepped on the wheel of driver Paul MacDonell, who was sitting in the two-hole with Prestige Seelster. Excaliber Seelster broke stride from stepping on the wheel, which caused a chain-reaction. American Risk and McClure were trailing Excaliber Seelster and fell to the track. Hudon, driving The First Step, and MacDonald, driving Sunshines Finest, couldn't avoid the fallen horse and were both tossed from their sulkies to the track. Paramedics were quickly on the scene and transported McClure and MacDonald by ambulance to a local hospital. Hudon also went to hospital to be examined. All three drivers took to social media Thursday afternoon to provide updates on their injuries. MacDonald posted on Facebook that he suffered a broken wrist, broken elbow, broken ribs and a small collapsed lung. McClure also posted on Facebook, noting he broke his pelvis in the accident, but will not require surgery. Bob McClure     -New Image Media Hudon shared on Twitter that he suffered a broken left foot. Phil Hudon      - New Image Media All three horses were caught following the incident after being loose on the track. Sunshines Finest, who is trained by Harry Poulton, was transported to the University of Guelph for examination. TheStable.ca posted that the three-year-old pacer did not suffer any fractures or breaks and will make a full recovery. American Risk and The First Step came out of the incident without serious injuries. Woodbine Entertainment extends its best wishes to Hudon, MacDonald, McClure and the connections of Sunshines Finest for a speedy and healthy recovery.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

The Thursday (April 25) qualifying session at Woodbine Mohawk Park was interrupted by a chain reaction accident that sent multiple drivers to the track. The harness racing accident occurred in race four. The chart from the race states that the Paul MacDonell-driven Prestige Seelster fell to the track in the second quarter of the contest and the rest of the horses in the dash were pulled up. Woodbine Entertainment’s Mark McKelvie, who was calling the qualifier, stated that drivers Phil Hudon, Anthony MacDonald and Bob McClure each hit the track after having been unseated. McKelvie added that Hudon and MacDonald were able to get up under their own power and were walking on the track, but that McClure stayed down longer. McClure was eventually able to sit up and be attended to by the on-track paramedics. After some time passed, McClure and MacDonald were taken to hospital. The nature and severity of any of the drivers’ injuries are currently unknown. McKelvie also stated that all of the horses that were involved in the accident were corralled and returned to the paddock for inspection. Trot Insider has learned that Hudon, who was limping after the ordeal, was able to get changed out of his driving colors and make his way home. Two extra ambulances were brought in to attend to the scene for McClure and MacDonald. Trot Insider was told at the scene that McClure hurt his hip, has a very sore back, and required a stretcher, while MacDonald sustained injuries to his wrist and elbow. Trot Insider will update this story when more information is learned.   from Standardbred Canada

LEBANON, OH - Wittyville and Dylan The Great, a pair of trotting colts from the Ron Burke Stable, each captured $15,000 elimination heats of the James K. Hackett Memorial on Tuesday afternoon (April 9) at Miami Valley Raceway. The talented pair of sophomore harness racing trotters, who finished first and third, respectively, in last season's $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship will headline a field of nine that qualified for next Tuesday's $40,000 Hackett final. Wittyville, a lukewarm 2-1 favorite for driver Chris Page, got away fourth in the first split, moved up to second on the outside by the three-quarters station, cleared to the front at the head of the stretch and then held a fast-closing Home Hall (Jason Brewer) at bay by a neck in 1:57.4. Westfiftysecond (Anthony MacDonald) finished third and Never Say Uncle (Kayne Kauffman) was fourth to also advance to the Hackett championship tilt. Wittyville, a son of Manofmanymissions, was a $207,153 winner at two and needed just one 2:00 qualifier to prep for his successful Hackett elim after a six-month layoff. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Dylan The Great (Page) was a few ticks faster in the second elim topping Shake N Bake (Ryan Stahl) and Mystical Peter (Trace Tetrick) in 1:57. Dylan The Great scored the fastest victory in James K. Hackett Memorial eliminations at Miami Valley on Tuesday. (Conrad photo) Also making his initial 2019 start, the son of Break The Bank K passed the $100,000 earnings plateau with the triumph. Yes (Josh Sutton) made the final with a fourth place finish as did Otsego (Kauffman) who qualified with the fastest fifth place finish (1:57.3). Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi partner with Lawrence Karr and J & T Silva-Purnel & Libby on Dylan The Great. Racing resumes at Miami Valley on Friday night when the Hackett pacing fillies will make their debut, followed by the Hackett pacing colts eliminations on Saturday night.   Gregg Keidel

STICKNEY, IL - Last Friday, Hawthorne Race Course, along with the Chicago Blackhawks and hockey legend Eddie Olczyk, hosted a VIP party at Hawthorne. A United States Hockey Hall of Famer, Olczyk is known worldwide for his years on the ice, and currently as the color analyst for NBC for the NHL. While hockey is Olczyk's first passion, horse racing isn't too far behind. A winner of multiple handicapping contests, Olczyk has owned numerous thoroughbreds but is now trying his hand in Standardbred ownership as well. The Friday event at Hawthorne hosted 150 VIP winners through the Chicago Blackhawks who were on site for a day of wagering, along with a chance to win their share of a Standardbred horse. The horse, two-year-old Illinois-bred filly Olympic Hopeful, will be racing at Hawthorne this summer for trainer Angie Coleman. Olympic Hopeful is offered through TheStable.ca, a fractional ownership group based in Canada and run by Anthony MacDonald. At the Friday event, five winners each won a 4% share of Olympic Hopeful for the racing season. They are Natalie Cozzi, Christine Koeller, Eddie Rivera, Chris Sroka, and Brian Vlaisavich. They will join Olczyk as he has ownership of the filly as well. "Fractional ownership is one of racing's fastest ways to introduce new owners to racing at a minimal cost," stated Hawthorne Assistant General Manager John Walsh. "What Anthony MacDonald has done through TheStable.ca is grow interest exponentially in harness racing, with numerous stakes-caliber horses racing across North America. To team up with TheStable.ca, Eddie Olczyk, and Hawthorne Race Course in our Own a Horse promotion is just a perfect fit for all involved." Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago's Hometown Track, returned for spring thoroughbred racing on Friday, March 15. The summer harness meet opens on Friday, May 5 and races through September 24. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 10 through December 28. For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.   Jim Miller

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, harness racing's fastest-growing harness racing fractional ownership stable, wrapped-up its Australian speaking tour on Tuesday. The two-week gig covered 16 venues across 2,000 km throughout Victoria and New South Wales and concluded with the purchase of two Australian pacing fillies. The yearlings will be owned in part by clients of TheStable.ca and will be trained and campaigned in Australia by local trainers keen to start their own fractional ownership operations. TheStable.ca is an award-winning fractional racehorse ownership business based in Guelph, ON and operated by Anthony and Amy MacDonald. The pair participated in a similar tour hosted by Harness Racing New Zealand in September 2018. There are currently 137 Standardbred horses (including 75 two-year-olds) in TheStable.ca owned by 634 people from 11 countries worldwide. The Australian tour began February 20 in Melbourne and concluded March 3 in Sydney and was hosted by Australian Pacing Gold (APG), Club Menangle and the New South Wales Standardbred Owners Association (NSWSOA). MacDonald presented seminars at four racetracks (Bendigo, Menangle, Bathurst and Newcastle) visited numerous training centres and breeding farms and spoke during events hosted by Club Menangle and APG. During the 14-day tour, he also participated in 10 media interviews, including video features, podcasts, print articles and live TV interviews, "It was a pleasure having Anthony in Australia to talk about TheStable.ca and fractional ownership," said Daniel Cordina, a Director of Club Menangle and Vice President of the NSWSOA. "As an association, we've learned a lot about fractional ownership in this short amount of time and look forward to the next 12 months to foster this project. "Anthony's passion has been contagious, and it was something that our industry needed. The message has spread quickly; we need an Anthony to set up in Sydney!" The tour was intended to inform racing participants, administrators, executives and local politicians about this proven model with the intent of replicating the system to attract new owners and grow Australian harness racing. Several trainers showed interest in establishing their own fractional ownership stables based on TheStable.ca's model of delivering unique entertainment experiences for its clients. Four of those interested parties will be responsible for the development of the yearlings purchased at the APG Sale. Darren McCall and his wife Karina will condition the Heston Blue Chip - Girls Go Racing filly (Lot #319). Robert Morris and KerryAnn Turner (Lucky Lodge Stable) will train Lot #407, a Warrawee Needy filly out of Rockin Lu Lu. (l to r) Breeders/co-owners of Lot #319 (Heston Blue Chip filly) at the APG Sale in Sydney, AUS on March 3 with trainer Darren McCall, Anthony MacDonald and co-owner Daniel Cordina. "People must realize that horse racing faces the same hurtles all over the world," said Anthony MacDonald. "We are shrinking, and I believe the owners, trainers and their horses are the key to stopping this trend. But educating our horsepeople about how to market and advertise themselves can be a difficult proposition, and one that will take time. Providing a venue for dialogue is the first step. Australia certainly understood that. Bathurst Harness Racing Club on Feb. 27: (l to r) Paul Toole, Bathurst MP and New South Wales State Minister for Lands & Forestry, Minister for Racing; Anthony MacDonald, TheStable.ca; John Barilaro, Deputy Premier of New South Wales.   "The trainers Down Under were curious to see what our ownership model looked like once we unpacked it in front of them. They understand that the future of this industry lies in its growth. Our message was simple: The more people that participate in horse racing, the brighter the future will be for all of us. That's the same in all hemispheres." During the tour, MacDonald also drove three horses at Bathurst Harness Racing Club. Donning the polka dot silks of the horses' owners, he didn't add to his 3044 career wins, lamenting instead that, "losing feels the same on both sides of the world." The innovative and engaging model of TheStable.ca invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome newcomers to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $80), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. The ownership experience with TheStable.ca includes: bi-weekly professionally produced broadcasts of the horses in training, delivered via livestream; weekly commentary videos about all horses; weekly email communications; special events, including Open Houses; and the open invitation to visit the horses at TheStable.ca base at Tomiko Training Centre. For more information, contact Kelly at kelly@thestable.ca or Anthony at (519) 400-4263. Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable, is heading Down Under for a two-week speaking tour. TheStable.ca is an award-winning fractional racehorse ownership business based in Guelph, ON operated by Anthony and Amy MacDonald. The couple participated in a similar tour hosted by Harness Racing New Zealand in September 2018. There are currently 135 Standardbred horses (including 70 two-year-olds) in TheStable.ca owned by more than 600 people from 11 countries worldwide. The Australian tour begins February 20 in Melbourne and concludes March 3 in Sydney and is hosted by Australian Pacing Gold (APG), Club Menangle and the NSW Standardbred Owners Association. "The growth of The Stable has been achieved by promoting the experience and enjoyment of being an owner," said Bruce Christison, Chief Executive of Club Menangle. "NSW and Victoria are the two strongest harness racing states in Australia and we have Anthony booked to speak in five major cities across these two states. "This is a great opportunity for the horsemen in Australia to listen to one of their own explaining how we can work together to grow our great sport," said Christison. "During their time in Sydney, our guests will also get to witness the Miracle Mile, Australia's richest and fastest harness race." The tour itinerary includes: February 25 - Presentation at 7:00 p.m. at Club Menangle February 26 - Presentation at 7:00 p.m. at Bathurst HRC February 28 - Presentation at 7:00 p.m. at Newcastle HRC MacDonald will also be attending several events, including: March 1 - Harness Breeders NSW/HRNSW/APG Yearling Parade at Inglis Riverside Stables Complex, Warwick Farm March 2 - Inspecting APG Yearlings at Inglis Riverside Stables and attending the Miracle Mile at Club Menangle March 3 - APG Yearling Sale at Inglis Riverside Stables The innovative and engaging model of TheStable.ca invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome newcomers to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $80), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. The ownership experience with TheStable.ca includes: bi-weekly professionally produced broadcasts of the horses in training, delivered via livestream; weekly commentary videos about all horses; weekly email communications; special events, including Open Houses; and the open invitation to visit the horses at TheStable.ca base at Tomiko Training Centre in Puslinch, ON. From TheStable.com

That is one of the slogans that young, passionate and positive Canadian horse trainer, Anthony MacDonald lives by. That same Anthony MacDonald is about to arrive in Australia for a series of Seminars in Victoria and New South Wales, the details of which are included at the bottom of this article. The downunder trip for Anthony is being is being Sponsored by Club Menangle , the NSW Owners Association and Australian Pacing Gold. Anthony MacDonald and his wife Amy commenced a Syndication Company in Ontario about 3 years ago under the name of TheStable.ca. After a slow start in their first year, The Stable now has in excess of 600 individual owners involved in ownership of over 140 horses. In Canada you are able to purchase as little as 1% in a Syndicate and hence the slogan  “ Own a Little  ..  And Love It A Lot “. Anthony’s philosophy is focused on providing fun and excitement in owning an equine athlete and not on the gambling aspect of horse racing. He readily acknowledges that his success is based on four simple but essential ingredients ; 1.   Communication with Owners. 2.   Providing Good Customer Service . 3.   Use of Modern Technology. 4.   Fixed Costs per Month Anthony is a true down to earth horseman.  He was born and raised in Kingston, Prince Edward Island which is one of three Provinces (along with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) that make up the Canadian Maritimes on the far East Coast of Canada. He was born into a Harness Racing family .  His older brother Mark is a champion driver in North America (probably best known here in Australia for driving Mr Feelgood to victory in the 2006 Little Brown Jug and also the regular driver of American Ideal), whilst his younger brother, James, is the reigning World Champion driver, a title he won in 2017. Anthony himself is no slouch in the gig either having driven over 3,000 winners in his homeland, although it is fair to say that he now concentrates more on training and communicating with his owners. The Maritimes have provided North America with some of its finest horsemen.  Aside from the MacDonald clan, the likes of Carl and Jody Jamieson, Dr Ian Moore (trainer of Shadow Play and numerous other outstanding Pacers), Brent McGrath (trainer of the legendary Somebeachsomewhere), Greg Peck (trainer of the freaky trotter Muscle Hill), as well as one of the greatest horsemen of all in time in Joe O’Brien all grew up and developed their horse skills in those glorious Maritimes. The story of how Anthony and Amy MacDonald became involved  in Syndication is also an intriguing one .  Make sure you start up your car and drive to one of the venues to hear the full story. Anthony MacDonald is Passionate and Positive about Harness Racing and his message is contagious.  You will love to catch the bug that the Mac Message will give you. DATES AND VENUES Bendigo Club, Victoria           from 7pm - Thursday 21st Feb Club Menangle, NSW            7pm - Monday 25th Feb Bathurst Club, NSW              7pm - Tuesday 26th Feb. Newcastle Club, NSW           7pm - Thursday 28th Feb In addition he will be interviewed by John Tapp at the Harness Breeders Yearling Parade at Warwick Farm on Friday, 1st March.  The Parade will commence at 7pm.   John Coffey

We all try to put away money for our kids' education, if we can. If you want to be a doctor, lawyer, nurse, teacher, or anything else in life, you need a formal education. I recently read an article by Dean Hoffman about how horsemen need to promote their own industry. I agree. I often preach about horsemen marketing themselves better. But is that really fair? We are asking hard working people to put in long hours to try to get by in this industry, and then put in more time and money to market it? I like Mr. Hoffman's article and agree with much of it, but the reality is that horsemen for the most part aren't that good at marketing. I mean, I could run a marathon, or wrestle a bear. But neither are what you might call "my strong suits". Just because you want to do something, doesn't necessarily mean you can achieve it. I do think the industry does need to market itself better. But that requires education to implement. Who will educate our horsepeople? Look around, I don't think there are an abundance of teachers. Honestly speaking, our industry has employed so-called marketing experts for years. Where has that gotten us? I've said it for four years, and now unequivocally proven that horse racing can attract new people to our industry from all walks of life. This power absolutely lies in the hands of the horsepeople, but they need help to achieve it. Make no mistake, horsepeople aren't alone. The entire industry need to change the way it sees itself and markets itself. In each jurisdiction, for the most part you'll find a failing racetrack. Sure, some are propped up, but they are not profitable on their own from wagering revenues. We have watched our clients leave year after year, with no replacements to speak of from the younger generations. We have lost our understanding of what we actually are, and do not recognize that we are no longer a viable gaming product in the eyes of the general public. Horse racing is interesting, but the entry points into it are complex and often not appealing to the very people we need to attract. This isn't new, we've known it for years. Look around the grandstands for our average fans age group. We can't convince people to become fans of horse racing with the promise of Super Hi Five jackpots, and lower takeouts on the Win Fours. People in the general public don't care about those things. What we need is a way to get people to the track. Much like a bar, you only need to get them there; they'll figure out what they want to drink once they are. Affordable ownership is a promising way to attract them. (Let's not argue if it works; I think we've done more than enough to prove that it does.) But one or two fractional stables means nothing for the future of our sport, and that's why educating and helping our horsepeople with it is invaluable to the entire future and viability of this industry Our other problem: Horsepeople try to convince potential clients that there is a formula to find a return on their investment in racing. (ROI) This is all we have had in the past to attract people, but for the most part this is a fool's errand. That also plays a part in why our owners are leaving. They've been lied to; albeit inadvertently in most cases. Like George Costanza said "it's not a lie if you believe it, Jerry." Most trainers mean well and believe they can turn a profit. They're simply wrong. It's incredibly difficult with the overhead we carry today. To put it simply: it costs more today to race for less that we did in the past. The Goal: What is happening with thestable.ca should not be surprising to anyone. The information gathered to start it was pristine, resounding and emphatic. But people still ask, why, and how does it work? It's simple: we offer only what we can absolutely provide. Entertainment, and an unmatched experience in society. The second part is what we have all missed. Our industry has forgotten how exciting it is to be a part of this industry and how affordable it is when offered in small percentages. The one thing everyone in society wants is affordability, and entertainment has slowly become unaffordable. That's our opening. People spend much more on tickets to a hockey game for their family for one night, than they will to own a percentage of a horse over most of one year (bills included). If you're in it for fun and not for profit, you only need a small percentage. The entertainment attributed to horse ownership is unmatched by any mainstream sports exposure. Simply put, that's why and how thestable.ca works. By changing the way we approach the general public and the message we attract them with, you will see an influx of interest and ownership requests never seen before. Again, this isn't hypothetical jargon, this is reality. Thestable.ca just surpassed 600 active clients before Christmas and now sits at 604. Our average client owns no more that 4% of any horse. We don't sell investment, we sell entertainment. And we make good on our promise. The obvious question anyone would ask is: How does that help gaming dollars, because that's what really drives our industry. We found an interesting thing about our clients. Although they professed to not "gamble", guess what they did when they were at the races? When in Rome, do as the Romans do. By attracting people from the general public with a strong message of affordable horse ownership, we strengthen our stables. Those people are exposed to racing in the way that original horse racing enthusiasts and in turn gamblers were. We are bringing the potential of new clients to the doorsteps of our racetracks. These are people that would never attend a race or a casino otherwise. We need to work together to build-up both sides of the racetracks with the promise of an unmatched entertainment experience and heightened customer service, and we deliver on both. This industry is on the cusp of new growth, but without education and help from all facets of racing, none of it can be achieved. I call on all racetracks, horsepeople and every stakeholder in this industry to use the failures of the past to help map the future. What you just read isn't a paper written by a government panel on how it believes the industry can succeed in the future. What you have just read has been battle-tested and thoroughly proven in real life. I tried not to mention my company's name too often in this article, because it's not any one stable that will pave the way for our industry's future. It isn't any one person or model. It is all of us working together, understanding that there is a way forward and collectively persuing it. I simply proved it is possible. It's up to all of us to succeed together. Through education, we will find an understanding, and a profound realization that by changing the way we promote our industry we change the way it's viewed and experienced by the people we have been looking for forever. A New Year's resolution for the entire industry. Happy New year, Anthony MacDonald TheStable.ca    

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